Fujitsu Frontech has released the latest iteration of its U-SCAN self-checkout terminal. The sixth-generation U-SCAN Elite leverages Fujitsu’s automated high-capacity SmartCASH bill and coin recycling technology, which still allows shoppers to pay with cash at self-checkout lanes.
The U-SCAN Elite improves on previous designs by delivering the same utility in a smaller package. The smaller physical footprint will give retailers more flexibility with regards to the actual deployment, and make it easier to configure their devices based on the layout of the store. The devices are also built to be futureproof, with Fujitsu providing ongoing support while making it easy for customers to upgrade the Elite as technology continues to improve.
As with other self-checkout solutions, the U-SCAN Elite will lower operational costs and minimize the amount of physical contact between customers and staff, though customers paying in cash would still need to handle their own currency. However, Fujitsu Frontech has released a U-Shop app that lets people scan items with their smartphone while moving through the store, before paying with another scan at a self-checkout terminal. In doing so, the app enables a fully touchless retail shopping experience. The U-SCAN Elite and the U-Shop app are both part of Fujitsu Frontech’s Self-Service Simplified (S3) portfolio.
“Retail is a constantly evolving landscape of technology-driven customer interactions balanced with operational efficiency improvements,” said Fujitsu Frontech North America President and CEO Shuhei Oyake. “U-SCAN Elite provides the flexibility and reliability necessary to meet increased demands for seamless self-checkout while improving retailers’ bottom line.”
In addition to app-based payments, Fujitsu is experimenting with naked payments at a concept store that was put together in collaboration with Zippin. The concept uses contactless face and palm vein recognition to verify the identities of customers at checkout, and is expected to expand to wider use sometime later in 2021.